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  1. #1
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    I need some advice...

    is a string of microsoft certified courses more desireable to an employer than an HNC in Computing?

    Im asking this because im planning on doing a course that gives the following:

    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Cisco Certified Network Associate
    A+ certification A+ Core Hardware

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated because im pretty much stuck on which one to go for.

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    You don't say what you want to do
    I don't know defintively - depends in part I suppose on where (ie which college / uni) you are thinking of doing your HNC. If its a well respected establishment then it may have value, but some colleges / unis are meat processing plants.

    I'd guess the certified course are of far more value (assuming that you can show prospective employers some relevant experience and aptitude). I wouldn't neccesarily do the certified courses unless you can denmonstrate competance in some areas.

    The uni course may give a depth of knowledge or way of analysing the problems that the certified courses may not. Ie the certified courses may give a solution, the HNC may help you identify the problem that requires the solution. One without the other is not very usefull, but if you are already up to speed with fault / problme analysis then do the certified courses.

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    ok, If i go down the HNC route, i'd be doing it from Aberdeen College via Distance Learning (seeing as i have a full time job).

    I have done a fair amount of IT related stuff with the company that i work for even though it's not part of my job description, which is why i have been thinking on going down this road so i can hopefully increase my earnings.

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    Have you been to aberdeen college before,
    I have and it's a bit mickey mouse, do RGU not offer night classes or distance learning similar as they are a far better instituition,

    oh some other advice
    Dont eat yellow snow

  5. #5
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    I don't know how much a microsoft course actually helps, I know people who just say they have in on their resume but never took it and they're making out okay

  6. #6
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    OftenDrinking you depress me. Apart from having an excellent user name you've made a very valid point.

    I have worked with too many people who have been creative with the truth concerning their qualifications and experience (not to mention ability). In one cse I had to help a woman with the blindingly obvious (how to place a button on a form!!). Not only did my boss not take action against her, but actually praised her for being a good developer. (Boss also a woman, bit of a misandrist.)

    Don't do what I did, and spend four years doing a sandwich course to get a 2:1, learn to b*****t it will get you much further!


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